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William Walker JACKSON

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Surname: JACKSON

Forename(s): William Walker

Place of Birth: Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire

Service No: 17676

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'D' Coy 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1917-09-20

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 82 to 85.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

William Walker Jackson (born 31 May 1895) was the son of William and Harriet Jackson, née Walker. William, senior, was born at Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Harriet at Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire.

1901 Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Census: Row End - William W. Jackson, aged 5 years, born Horton-in-Ribblesdale, son of William and Harriet Jackson.

1911 Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Census: Dry Beck - William W. Jackson, aged 15 years, born Horton-in-Ribblesdale. [William was employed by John Greenbank, Farmer.]

The British Army Service Record for William Walker Jackson exists but may be incomplete.

William was killed in action during the Battles of Ypres, 1917, 31 July-10 November, at the Battle of the Menin Road, 20-25 September.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

JACKSON, Wm. Walker, [Horton-in-Ribblesdale], aged 22, signaller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Jackson, killed in action Sept. 20, 1917.


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Private William Walker JACKSON

Private William Walker JACKSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: JACKSON

Forename(s): William Walker

Born: Horton, Yorks

Residence: Horton

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 17676

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion


Died Date: 20/09/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: JACKSON

Forename(s): William Walker

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 17676

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: "D" Coy. 10th Bn.

Age: 22


Died Date: 20/09/1917

Additional Information: Son of William and Harriet Jackson, of Ivy Cottage, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle, Yorks.



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26 October 1917

JACKSON – Killed in action, September 20th 1917, aged 22 years, Signaller William Walker Jackson, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. William Jackson, Dub Cote, Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

26 October 1917


Still another name is added to the Roll of Honour by the death in action in France of Signaller William Walker Jackson, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Jackson, of Dub Cote.

The first intimation of something amiss was contained in a letter of September 25th to Mrs. Jackson from a comrade, who states:– “I am writing to let you know that Willie was rather badly wounded when we were in another roughish corner, and although I have made enquiries I cannot get any definite information respecting him. So far he is reported wounded and missing, as they have not got any word as to his passing through any of the dressing stations. It happened on the morning of the 20th. Although we had a rough time of it we had quite a victory. The night before we went up I had a talk with Willie, who was quite up with it. We realised that some would be sorted out and would not come back. The Colonel made a touching speech yesterday when we got back and congratulated us on the splendid manner in which we did the task allotted to us. Tears of pride came into our eyes as we stood listening to him, mingled with tears of sorrow as we thought of those who had paid the price. It is only in moments such as these that you would think we have any feeling at all. Our Commanding Officer is a rare sort, and I don’t think there is a man who would not give his life for him.”

Subsequent communications from the deceased’s company officer gave but little hope of his being alive, and the fateful news was received on Friday morning with intense regret and a sense of profound sympathy with the bereaved parents and family that Signaller W. W. Jackson had been killed in action in France on September 20th. Such loss would indeed be very depressing were it not redeemed by the knowledge that these brave men do their duty so fearlessly and well for the great cause of human liberty and the defence of our Empire.

The deceased, born May 31st, 1895, was educated at Horton School, of which his mother was an esteemed member of the staff some years’ ago, and proved an intelligent scholar. After leaving school, he assisted his father on a farm, and his patriotism being aroused he joined up on November 16th 1915, and was attached to the West Riding Regiment. The greater part of his training took place at North Shields, where he passed for service as a first-class signaller. He was home on final leave in August 1916, and proceeded to the Western Front last February. His letters home were always cheerful, despite the execrable climatic conditions often pertaining, and the continuous shrieking and whistling of shells.

The family desire to express their appreciation of the many messages of sympathy accorded them.

20 September 1918

JACKSON – In proud and ever cherished memory of our dear boy, William Walker Jackson (Willie), Signaller, 10th Duke of Wellington’s, killed in action near Ypres, September 20th, 1917, aged 22 years.

He left his home at duty’s call
And freely gave his life for all.

Dub Cote, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, near Settle.


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